The ’59 2018 #268: 180925
Underworld – A hundred days off (2002)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 44 – 2002.
A Hundred Days Off was Underworld’s sixth, released in September 2002.
It produced two UK Singles Chart entries: “Two Months Off”, which reached no. 12 and “Dinosaur Adventure 3D”, which reached no. 34.
Although this was the first album since Darren Emerson’s departure from the group in 2001, the album is not a huge stylistic makeover as the main focus of the band is still trance, techno and house, although without the beats that defined 1999’s ‘Beaucoup Fish’.
Generally positive reviews from music critics followed its release. NME gave it 8/10 describing it as…
Their best album since their Dubnobasswithmyheadman debut, Karl and Rick have pulled off a comeback in fine style and laid some demons to rest. Underworld prove that you’re only as old as the technology you use”.
Stateside, Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of 5 stars saying that…
The beauty of A Hundred Days Off is that it pumps and churns so suggestively; it somehow evokes the blues of the otherwise successful modern man, who goes out every night and dances alone in his head.
‘A Hundred Days Off’ rose to No.16 on the UK Albums Charts and No. 122 on the US Billboard 200.